A patient wants to know regarding breast augmentation with autologous fat and stem cells:
Is it useful to gain weight before a breast augmentation with autologous fat and stem cells in order to increase the amount of fat that can be used for breast augmentation?
No, in adult women fat cells would only get filled with additional oil as a consequence of the weight gain. This oil would have to be removed again prior to the fat implantation. By using especially thin microcannulas for liposuction we are also able to obtain enough fat in very thin patients. In addition, the entire procedure becomes very gentle because the risk of development of dimples is also reduced to a minimum.
For a breast augmentation the obtained fat can be injected into the breast either untreated or enriched with autologous stem cells. The first, the so-called lipofilling, is especially suitable for patients who have enough fat deposits which can be used for fat harvesting for an additional round of treatment after some time. Stem cell-enriched autologous fat (Cell-Assisted Lipotransfer, CAL) in contrast normally enables results which are durable in the long-term in only one surgery appointment. Results may vary from patient to patient. Please note that in medicine generally no guarantee for a certain treatment result can be given.
No matter which of both options you choose – as a result you always get a naturally shaped breast that looks “real” and feels the same way. Through the gentle approach – liposuction performed by hand and breast augmentation through injection – there are no visible scars remaining and general anesthesia is superfluous. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis in local anesthesia and takes about 3 to 4 hours.
Liposuction with microcannulas and breast augmentation with stem cell-enriched autologous fat enable a natural breast augmentation even for most slim patients. Therefore you can definitely waive a gain in weight before the procedure.
DDr. Heinrich, MD